Top Hat, winner of three Olivier Awards, for 'Best New Musical', 'Best Choreography' and 'Best Costume Design' from a total of seven nominations and winner of the Evening Standard Award for 'Best Night Out', is setting off on an epic 47-week UK tour, visiting 24 theatres nationwide. Opening at New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 12 August 2014 the production will tour until Saturday 25 July 2015.
The world premiere stage production of Top Hat
opened in the West End at the Aldwych Theatre
on 9 May 2012 where it played over 600 performances during its run of nearly two years. Prior to the West End, the production previously enjoyed a sell-out UK Tour in 2011.
Ensemble and swing members are Lucy Ashenden, Thomas Audibert, Caroline Bateson, Sophie Camble, Matthew Caputo, Kristy Cullen, Paul Farrell, Ian Goss, Carys Gray, Alyn Hawke, Rebecca Hodge, Samuel Humphreys, Thomas Inge, Thomas-Lee Kidd, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, David McKechnie, John McManus, George Olney, Ben Palmer, Holly Rostron, Maria Ward, Amy West
and Monique Young.
Jerry Travers (Alan Burkitt
), the famous American tap dancer, arrives in London to appear in his first West End show. Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont (Charlotte Gooch)
, the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.
With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
and based on the RKO motion picture
, the screenplay by Dwight Taylor
and Allan Scott
has been adapted for the stage by Matthew White
and Howard Jacques
and is presented by arrangement with RKO Pictures LLC
, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures Inc.
and the Irving Berlin Music Company
Nominated for four Academy Awards, RKO's Top Hat was the most successful picture of the nine movies Astaire and Rogers made together. It premiered at the Radio City Music Hall in 1935 where it broke all box office records. Within a few weeks, all five songs from the film occupied the top five places on the American Hit Parade. It is still widely regarded as one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.
Performed by a cast of 29 and accompanied by 11 live musicians, this multi award-winning musical comedy includes Irving Berlin
classics from the movie such as Cheek to Cheek, Isn't It a Lovely Day to be Caught in the Rain and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails. In addition, from Berlin's 1200 strong back catalogue, a further ten numbers have been interpolated including well-loved favourites Let's Face the Music and Dance and Puttin' On the Ritz.
started his career winning the All England Tap Dancer of the Year award. A member of the original West End cast of Top Hat
at the Aldwych Theatre
understudied the lead role of Jerry Travers for both Tom Chambers
and Gavin Lee.
He received rave reviews when he stood in for Lee on press night, a success story documented by Channel 4 for the TV series 'The Sound of Musicals'
. Other recent stage credits include: Singin' in the Rain
, Andy Lee in 42nd Street
(Chichester Festival Theatre
), the Prince in Adam Cooper
's Shall We Dance
(German Tour) and We Will Rock You
took over the lead role of Dale Tremont from Summer Strallen
in the West End, performing alongside Tom Chambers
as Jerry Travers. Gooch
performed the lead role of Penny Johnson
in Dirty Dancing
in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre and also in the original national tour. Other recent stage credits include: the lead role of Sandy in Grease
(UK Tour), Cats
(German Tour) and the workshop of Swing Time
, dancing a duet with Anton du Beke.